Anthony Pettis caught a lot flack recently from TJ Grant boosters, and just some fans in general, when he campaigned to replace the surging lightweight at UFC 164. Of course, there were plenty of  people arguing that Pettis deserved the rematch regardless, and now due to a concussion, Grant is no longer fighting any ways. Henderson-Pettis II is set to become a reality.

Pettis appeared on The MMA Hour Monday to promote his upcoming, August 31st tilt with Benson Henderson, and of course, he was asked about his attempt to have Grant pulled from the bout. While Pettis didn’t apologize for the move, which Grant at one juncture characterized as “pretty dirty”, he did relay he feels bad about what’s happened to the vet.

“Put it in like a regular job scenario,” Pettis said. “If you and your [co-worker] both are up for promotion, are you going to compete to get that promotion? You’re damn right you are. It’s the same situation here. He’s the No. 1 contender, I feel I’m the No. 1 contender. Unfortunately I took a shot at featherweight, it didn’t work out for me. I don’t feel bad about it, but I do feel bad for T.J. Grant. I mean, I’ve been in his position and all I have to say is, keep your head up and don’t let it get you down, man, because it really does get you down. You’re at the top of the top, and then injury takes away all of that. You’ve got everybody is saying ridiculous things like it’s conspiracy and he got paid to fake an injury. No one in their right mind would do that.”

Henderson-Pettis II should be great, and depending on what happens with Grant, the winner at UFC 164 could have a tough test waiting for them.

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